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Ageing demands oral health action

ROOSEVELT SILVA BASTOS1*, ANGELA XAVIER2, ALINE MEGUME ARAKAWA2, MAGALI LOURDES CALDANA3, JOSÉ ROBERTO MAGALHÃES BASTOS1
*Corresponding author
1. University of São Paulo, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Community Health, Bauru Dental School, Bauru, SP, Brazil
2. University of São Paulo, Community Health Post-Graduate Student, Department of Pediatric Dentistry Orthodontics and Community Health, Bauru Dental School, Bauru, SP, Brazil
3. University of São Paulo, Department of Speech, Language Pathology and Audiology, Bauru Dental School, Bauru, SP, Brazil

Abstract

The worldwide population is ageing. This demographic parameter has made policymakers concerned about the quality of life of older people. As aresult, the concept of active ageing and health ageinghas emerged. Oral health is a part of health, and it has aconsiderable influence on the quality of life of individualsand populations. This paper presents ageing as a physiological stage of life and addresses some requirements to improve oral health with the aim of achieving better health status among the elderly towardan independent life.